The Cycladic Islands are home to some of the most iconic destinations in Greece. Think Santorini and Mykonos. While both islands are undeniably stunning, there are 39 islands total in the Cycladic, 24 of which are inhabited. This means that there is more to discover about the Cycladic Islands than what you see on pretty postcards. With so many options to choose from, I have listed my favorite islands to visit to help you start thinking about your next Greek vacation.
Close to both Santorini and Mykonos, Koufonisia has all the charm of its neighboring islands without the crowds. While you are on the island, take advantage of having the golden sandy beaches and authentic, local restaurants all to yourself!
Donousa is the perfect island to escape and disconnect from reality. With just over 100 residents spread across four charming villages, Donouse is just as beautiful as the other nearby islands. Spend a quiet day on the beach or mingle with the locals in town as you get to know this remote island in the Eastern Cyclades.
Anafi is a hidden gem amongst the other Cyclades Islands. Despite being a short 14 mile boat ride from Santorini, Anafi is one of the least visited islands. The rocky hillside creates beautiful beaches tucked along the shoreline, giving way to stunning turquoise waters.
It is easy to mistake Ios for Santorini, thanks to the signature white houses that cascade down the hillside with blue-domed churches tucked in between. Ios is home to traditional Greek towns, authentic restaurants, and plenty of hiking trails for capturing uninterrupted views of the sunset.
The tiny island of Kimolos is a perfect place to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the local Greek culture. The island offers idyllic beaches and historical museums, beautiful churches, and traditional towns where you can enjoy a beer in the square with the locals.
If you are a fan of ancient history and architecture, then a trip to the island of Chios is a must. Dating back to Neolithic times and believed to be the birthplace of Homer, Chios is filled with significant sights. From the fortified villages to the historic Daskalopetra, there is plenty to do on this little-known island.
The Cycladic Islands are surprisingly diverse, with each island offering a unique experience. If you are interested in visiting one of the lesser-known Cycladic Islands, contact me today to plan your trip!